Braden Smith

Wide ReceiverWR
OFS
Injury Knee
Est. Return 3/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Smith comes in to 2021 as the Cardinals’ leading returning receiver, having put up 27 catches and 370 yards, though failing to score. Louisville must replace a dynamic duo of Dez Fitzpatrick and Tutu Atwell, who combined for 89 catches, 1,458 yards and 10 touchdowns. Given Smith’s 5-foot-10 frame, he seemingly slots more favorably to take over Atwell’s role, but there are concerns about Smith’s abilities to break big plays. Further clouding Smith’s outlook is the presence of Shai Werts, a converted quarterback transfer from Georgia Southern, who has shown to be more dynamic in space. Because of his experience and lack thereof on the depth chart, Smith will certainly get his chances to produce. But this doesn’t appear to be a case where the next man up just takes over production. Expect the Cards to use a differing rotation often, and Smith to be an inconsistent producer as such. Read Past Outlooks
Will miss remainder of season
September 27, 2021
Smith will miss the remainder of the 2021 season due to some torn ligaments in his knee, Michael McCammon of 247 Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith was a solid option out of the slot early in the season. Unfortunately the sophomore will have to shift his focus to 2022 and making sure he is fully ready by the start of fall camp. Jordan Watkins, Ahmari Huggins-Bruce and Josh Johnson will likely see additional targets.
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Co-starting at slot receiver
August 31, 2021
Smith is listed as a co-starter for Monday's season opener against Mississippi, The Courier-Journal reports.
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